Guidance For Prayer

1 Timothy 2:8–I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
That men pray every where–We should not restrict our prayers to the church. We should pray wherever there is a need and wherever there is a leading to pray. In addition we should not restrict our prayers to just Sundays or to just a certain time of the worship service. Wherever we are and whenever we feel the Spirit leading us to prayer we should follow His leading and pray.

Lifting up holy hands–Holy hands are associated with a holy life. Our prayer should issue from a life that is separated unto God from sin. the flesh, and the world.

Without wrath–Our hearts and minds should be free from hard feelings toward anyone when we come to pray. In Matthew 6:14-15 we find forgiveness associated with prayer. If we are to ask our Father for forgiveness then we must forgive others. Matthew 5:24 says, First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”. We are first to be reconciled to others then to come before God.

Without doubting–Our prayers should be prayers of faith. In James 1:5-7 we read that when we pray we are to ask in faith, nothing wavering for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord”. “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews11:6). It is the prayer of faith that gets results.